Mutsu Apple Tree

(6 customer reviews)


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Pollinator required to bear fruit

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Pollinator required to bear fruit

Spicy and complex flavors.

Also called Crispin apple.

Layers of subtle flavors characterize one of the best late-season apples. Mutsu is a cross between a sweet Japanese cultivar, Indo, and the famous Golden Delicious. It is also known as Crispin, which is bigger and more round than Golden Delicious. Russet-resistant. A terrific apple to pick and eat straight from the tree but also a fine dessert apple. If properly stored, Mutsu keeps very well, with little or no shriveling. Cold-hardy. Originates from Mutsu Province, Japan. Introduced in 1948. Ripens in late September or early October. Pollinators required: Choose two other late-season apple varieties that will also pollinate one another, or a compatible self-pollinating partner.

Note: Mutsu is a triploid and cannot pollinate other apple trees.


Bloom ColorWhite
Fruit ColorYellow Green
Fruit SizeLarge
Ripens/HarvestLate September – Early October
Soil CompositionLoamy
TasteCrisp, juicy
Soil pH Level6-7
Soil MoistureWell Drained
Shade LevelFull Sun
Bloom TimeMid
Years to Bear2-5
Hardiness Zone Range4-8

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

Semi-Dwarf  3.5 – 4.5 m tall x 3.5 – 4.5 m wide (12 – 15′ tall x 12 – 15′ wide)

Recommended Spacing

Semi-Dwarf 3.5 – 4.5 m (12 – 15′)

Ship Height

Semi-dwarf, Bare-root Ships 0.9 – 1.2 m tall (3-4′ tall) with a 9.5 mm (3/8″) trunk.
Supreme Semi-Dwarf EZ Start® Ships 0.9 – 1.2 m (3-4′) Tall with advanced root system in a 12.7×12.7×30.5 cm (5x5x12″) EZ Start® Pot.


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant a different variety within 15 meters (50 feet) for best pollination.

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6 reviews for Mutsu Apple Tree

  1. Joan Pipp

    I am trying to be patient waiting the 5 years before I will have the apples. But after a very tough winter, I am happy to report that the trees are budding! These are delicious apples. One year down – four to go!

  2. Danny Danny

    They do not call this the million dollar apple in Japan for no reason. Great apple.


    Mutsu has become my favorite apple for fresh eating. It is big and exceptionally sweet. So I planted one that I ordered from Stark Bros and when it arrived, it was well pruned and a very healthy tree. The tree is growing exceptionally well and I look forward to the day it begins to bear.


    Overall my favorite apple. Easy care and great flavor. Stores very well. Best when tree ripened


    Very good eating apple, flavor and texture close to a 5.BrianWinterport, ME


    I ordered this tree and it is the best apple ever! it is good to eat and I make a lot of apple pies out of them. As far as I am concerned this is the best apple overall than any others that I planted and the tree is very nice and straight.

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